Motutapu Island with Rangitoto Island and Auckland City in the background
Motutapu Island is pest-free - help keep it this way.
Before you visit, check for stowaways that may be harmful to wildlife on this island. View the biosecurity brochure on the Treasure islands website.
Motutapu is much older than neighbouring Rangitoto Island, and completely different geologically and botanically. The island is mainly in pasture although forests are being replanted and wetlands restored as part of a major community project.
Visitors are welcome, and there are a number of roads and walking tracks to explore the island, which is joined to Rangitoto by a causeway built in WWII. There is a basic campsite at Home Bay.
View Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and islands brochure (PDF, 13,180K).
Rangitoto wharf closure
Rangitoto Wharf will be closed from Wednesday 21 May until approximately Tuesday 5 August 2014. During this time all Rangitoto Island Fullers ferry sailings will travel to/from Islington Bay Wharf. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Motutapu is mainly pasture, but forests are being replanted and wetlands restored as part of a major community project. Occupied by Maori for hundreds of years, Motutapu has numerous archaeological sites.
When you visit Motutapu, make sure you take a walk along the Motutapu Walkway and visit the many archaeological and WWI military sites on the island. Swimming, camping and picnicking are all popular activities here.
You can stay at the campsite at Home Bay.
Find out how to get to Motutapu, and look after this special island.
The Rangitoto and Motutapu islands restoration project began in 2009 and aimed to remove animal pests from the islands. Rangitoto and Motutapu were officially declared pest free on 27 August 2011.
Considered a sacred place by local iwi, Motutapu Island was intensively settled and cultivated by Maori. In more recent times, the island served as a base during World War II.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Motutapu Island Recreation Reserve.
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